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Fine Art, Gifts, Design Consultation at Gallery 14731

By Eva Potter

Ellicottville’s newest art gallery and artisan gift shop opened its doors on Nov. 27. Located at 5 East Washington St. in the village (in the Kwik Fill Plaza), Gallery 14731 offers a variety of fine artwork, gifts and design consultation.

Billing itself as “Ellicottville’s premiere exhibition space and gift shop featuring local/regional artists, artisan goods, as well as luxury items,” the store features a variety of art and gifts for your home or that special someone.

Gallery owner Emily Hettrick has been interested in opening her own art gallery for some time and recognized Ellicottville’s potential. Originally from Buffalo, Hettrick has been coming to ski in Ellicottville for “as long as she can remember” and has been a local resident for the past four years.

“I decided to open my gallery here because Ellicottville is such an awesome town. There are so many great restaurants and shops, but there isn’t anything like Gallery 14731. It’s different and adds to the Ellicottville experience,” she explained.

With a master’s degree in arts administration and a bachelor’s degree in museum studies, Hettrick is well equipped to manage her own gallery.

“I’ve had internships at the Albright Knox Art Gallery and done a few pop-up gallery spaces and art fairs over the past couple years,” she said. “Last spring, I created a pop up gallery in the Junior League of Buffalo’s Decorators Show House featuring Sean Huntington’s work and it was incredibly popular, so I decided it was time to open an actual space dedicated to contemporary art in our area.”

When you stop at Gallery 14731, you’ll discover different artists every six weeks or so, including a wide range of contemporary artists who work in different mediums, like painting, photography and more.

Currently, the gallery features the original work of watercolor and mixed media artist Sean Huntington, known for his eclectic tree paintings (www.seanstrees.com).

The next show opening in early January will feature beautiful, telescopic photos of snowflakes, which, as you know, no two are alike.

Hettrick said, “My biggest goal for Gallery 14731 is to create a space where artists/artisans can reach an audience they otherwise might not reach. Ellicottville is a destination and Gallery 14731 hopes to add to this experience by providing visitors with high quality artworks and artisan items.”

Eventually, she would also like to showcase art from outside the Western New York area, like works by artists from Toronto, New York City and elsewhere.

In addition to fabulous art, Gallery 14731 carries great gift items like Appetite jewelry, Bliss Designs jewelry, Rewined candles and soaps, Lafco candles, Mary Lake-Thompson linens and totes, Sun Coast Salt scrubs and body butter, Taxidermy purses and Simon Pearce glass.

“I’m hoping to get more artisan products,” said Hettrick.

Homeowners and businesses can also contact Hettrick for a consultation.

“As an art consultant, I can assist in finding the perfect piece of art for an already designed space or I can design a space around artwork,” she said.

Any artists or artisans working in all mediums who might be interested in working through Gallery 14731 (especially gift items for the holiday season), can contact Hettrick via email at elhettrick@gmail.com.

If you’re in town, check out the gallery for yourself. Hours until Christmas are 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Extended holiday hours and upcoming events can be found at facebook.com/gallery14731.

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